As a part of nurturing active readers, teachers are responsible for training their students to consciously acknowledge the subtleties and examine their purposes. In the end you get them working in two essential areas: developing voice and writing skills, and reading between the lines because they have to pay such close attention to the context clues to guide their writing.
Students enjoy this assignment due to the creative nature of putting them in the driver’s seat, and it’s great for teachers challenged with time. Independence is the name of the game here. Assign this within the first couple chapters of your novel (or if a short story, at the beginning) so that notes can be taken throughout the book. After the preliminary set-up in class, the rest of the work takes place out of the classroom saving you valuable time.